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Fishing for Amber
I was torn between 3 and 4 stars for this book. I really wanted to give it 4, but for some reason just couldn't. It seemed like it never quite reached...more
Mar 07, 2010
Jan 29, 2010
Haiku Baby
Excellent haiku book for kids. I read it to my son before he goes to sleep and he loves it. And I appreciate the high quality haiku.
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Jan 07, 2009
The Little Yellow Leaf
Great illustrations and great story. My son sat still enough for me to read it to him twice in a row. The illustrations mesmerize him (and me).
Sep 05, 2009
Sep 05, 2009
Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas
I kept hoping it was going to get better, but it never did. Not worth the price of admission. Flat, boring characters. So-so artwork.
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Jun 30, 2012
Selected Stories
I don't know what it was, but his style was a big turn-off. The first several stories went well enough, but then it was a steep decline into I-can't-r...more
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Mar 06, 2014
Demons in the Spring
I would give this one 3.5 stars if I could. The first half or 3/4, I think, is stronger than the last part. There are a lot of good stories - the bett...more
Apr 06, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
How is it possible that this book has an average of 3.78 stars? It's one of the most classic books of Western literature. I guess there are a lot of b...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
The New Life: A Day on a Collective Farm
Interesting look at life on a Soviet collective farm in the 1960s. I'm not exactly sure why this book seems to have totally disappeared from print for...more
Jan 22, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty
Interesting book of short stories. They aren't even really short stories, but half-page post-modern-ish vignettes. It doesn't always make sense, but t...more
Apr 2012
Mar 23, 2012
Fantastic! The art alone is enough reason to read it, but the story is top notch, too.
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Aug 14, 2012
A Cotton Candy Autopsy
Not so much a graphic novel as a story with fantastic artwork. Stay away if you have coulrophobia.
Mar 08, 2013
Mar 07, 2013
Ant Farm and Other Desperate Situations
It's ok. Some stories are funnier than others, but there are few duds. I laughed out loud at a couple. It was a VERY quick read (maybe an hour?).
Sep 05, 2009
Aug 30, 2009
The Castle
Not as good as The Trial, but then again it was left unfinished. Kafka even said himself that he was abandoning the book.
May 03, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
Excellent! Less than 100 pages and only one paragraph long. It really captures the disillusionment of youth. The narrator slides from subject to subje...more
Apr 11, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
Very enjoyable read. A well-written murder mystery with an unusual backdrop.
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Mar 09, 2013
How the States Got Their Shapes
This book started off strong and quickly fell off. The inherent repetitive nature of the subject and format made the book turn boring. OK, I get it. T...more
Sep 29, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
Basho and His Interpreters: Selected Hokku with Commentary
If you have to read one book on haiku all year, this is the one to read. In depth 'discussion' between commentators of Basho's haikus throughout the a...more
Mar 2007
Aug 20, 2007
Invisible Cities
I wish I could give this book 4.5 stars, but, alas, I am constrained to whole numbers.

This premise of this book is that Marco Polo is telling Kublai K...more
Aug 2007
Aug 25, 2007
The Wind in the Willows
I read this to Sebastian over the past month or so.
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
It was interesting. It kept me reading until the end. It's more of a beach-read than a fine work of writing. Then again, maybe it's just that I read 1...more
Jan 15, 2012
Dec 28, 2011
I can't read this any longer. The writing style is pretty much unreadable.
Apr 23, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
Transmetropolitan V. 1-10
Damn, that was good.
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
The Solitude of Prime Numbers
I loved this book. (What is it with me an Italian authors?)
Feb 08, 2011
Feb 03, 2011
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
More of a 3.5 star book. There were just too many parts of the book where I was angry at the main character's attitudes. The book was rescued just in...more
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Feb 24, 2011
I tried and I tried, but I just couldn't get through it. It seems like the author is a pretty good writer, but the plot was awful. I can't not recomme...more
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Sep 06, 2011
The Sense of an Ending
Excellent book. Closer to 4.5 stars.
Jun 27, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
The Master of Go
Great writing + Go = great book. 4.5 stars. If you're not familiar with Go, then this book might be a little lost on you.
May 18, 2010
May 05, 2010
Blood Garden: An Elegy for Raymond
Wow. That was fantastic. I'm looking forward to reading it again, which, for me, is a rarity. I also feel the need to make sure other people read it,...more
Dec 04, 2010
Nov 15, 2010
The Baron in the Trees
Booyah! Fantastic Calvino! Definitely the most readable Calvino so far, which, actually, is a plus and a minus. I've gotten used to his books that are...more
Nov 2007
Nov 18, 2007
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop [With Cassette]
Don't worry, I'm not going to fill up my GoodReads list with childrens books. Only the very good (and perhaps the very bad). I'm not going to list eve...more
Jan 2008
Jan 18, 2008